Criminology Department

Study Criminology in Portland, Maine!
students walking by Abromson Center
Study Criminology in Portland, Maine !
Payson Smith Hall, Portland
Study Criminology in Portland, Maine!
Skywalk to Abromson
Study Criminology in Portland, Maine!
Students in front of Luther Bonney Hall

The Department of Criminology offers a four-year program leading to a bachelor of arts degree in criminology. The program provides students with a liberal arts education whose focus is the complex relations among crime, law, and society, and which emphasizes the social sciences. The curriculum is a rigorous series of courses which provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of crime and crime control in contemporary, historical, and comparative perspective. The core of the curriculum is an integrated set of required courses. These courses are designed as a cumulative set of experiences and should be taken in sequence. Elective courses enable students to place their criminological interests in a broader perspective. Many students in the program are interested in social and human service occupations related to criminal, juvenile, and social justice. The program also prepares students for a wide variety of other career options and provides as excellent basis for graduate study in criminology, other social sciences, and law.

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Summer 2016 Travel Course to Sweden

CRM 345/SOC 380
 Social Justice & Social Control in Sweden

This course on Social Justice & Social Control in Sweden, hosted by the Criminology Department of Stockholm University, includes guest lectures, visits to a prison, the national police academy, and the Swedish parliament. There will be visits to several museums and cultural sites, both in Stockholm and the University city of Uppsala. You will have opportunities to meet Stockholm University students and to do further traveling.

Please note that you do not need to be a Criminology student to benefit from or do well in this course; applicants from Sociology, Psychology, Social Work, English, Women's Studies, Political Science, and Biology have all enjoyed the program in past years.

Pending approval, this course will be led by Professor Chris Powell and is tentatively scheduled for May 8th to May 29th, 2016.

An informational meeting will be held Wednesday, December 2nd 1:15-2:15 p.m.
201 Payson Smith Hall, Portland Campus

For more information contact the Office of International Programs, 207-780-4959